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calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone

Pronunciation: KAL see um KAR boe nate, mag NEE zee um hye DROX ide, and sye METH i kone

Brand: Mylanta Coat & Cool, Mylanta Tonight

What is the most important information I should know about this medicine?

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

What is calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone?

Calcium and magnesium are naturally occurring minerals that are sometimes used as antacids to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and upset stomach. Simethicone allows gas bubbles in the stomach and intestines to come together more easily.

Calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone is a combination antacid, anti-gas medicine used to treat heartburn, indigestion, gas and bloating, or stomach discomfort caused by overeating.

Calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking this medicine?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have ever had:

  • kidney disease; or
  • a condition for which you need to limit your intake of magnesium.

Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years old without a doctor's advice.

How should I take this medicine?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone is usually taken between meals, at bedtime, or as directed by your doctor.

Shake the medicine before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

Do not use this medicine for longer than 2 weeks, unless your doctor tells you to.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Skip any missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Do not take more than 6 doses in a 24-hour period.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking this medicine?

Antacids can make it harder for your body to absorb other medicines you take by mouth. Avoid taking other medications at the same time you take calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using over-the-counter stomach medicine or antacids that may contain ingredients similar to calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone.

What are the possible side effects of this medicine?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect this medicine?

Some antacids can make it harder for your body to absorb certain drugs, making them less effective. Take your other medications at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone.

Other drugs may affect calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about calcium carbonate, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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